Kenneth Ankeny |

Kenneth Ankeny

Kenneth Ankeny

We lost our beloved husband, dad, grandfather, brother and friend on Nov. 19, 2013. Ken died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family after he lost his battle with cancer.

In the weeks prior to his death, Ken had many visitors who enjoyed his conversations, quick wit and shared memories. Every moment with him was a gift.

Ken was born on July 26, 1939, in Akron, Ohio.

Ken proudly served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany from September 1957 to September 1960.

He loved the thrill of being a “motorcycle cop” for the City of Pasadena Police Department. He continued his police career in Novato, Calif., and Sausalito, Calif. Later, he owned and operated Butterfly Bend Press Print shop. The family moved to Auburn in 1993, and he started “Laundry Quarters,” a Laundromat in Grass Valley, Calif.

BPOE, Novato Elks Lodge #2655 was his cherished community service. He devoted many hours reaching the esteemed position of what we affectionately called the “Grand Poo Pa.”

He is survived by his wife, Donna; siblings Jack, Bill, Jeff, Bob, and Tami; children Kirt, Kelly and Keri; precious grandchildren, Ryan, Cody, Kenny, Brayden, Cameron, Sawyer, Sydney, Zach, Angelina and Max; and many nephews and nieces.

His remaining years were filled with poker, golf and boating. His favorite activity was watching his grandchildren play sports, especially Bear River baseball. He entertained family and friends with his comic sense of humor. He was always ready to help others with his welcoming smile and sparkling blue eyes. Ken was called Grandpa by more children and adults than can be counted!

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made in Ken’s name to: Kenneth Ankeny Memorial Fund, Account #32001536, El Dorado Savings Bank, 10612 Combie Road, Auburn, CA 95602.

A tree will be planted at Ken’s favorite morning gathering place, with a memorial placard in his name, for the community to enjoy.

To our husband, dad, grandpa, brother and friend, love you, rest in peace.

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